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Capote
Written by Dan Futterman
Based on the book "Capote: A Biography" by Gerald Clarke

Eccentric author, Truman Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman), travels to Kansas in 1959 to research the story of the massacre of an entire family in the small farming town of Holcomb. With the help of his good friend, Nelle Harper Lee (Catherine Keener), Truman begins writing the non-fiction novel "In Cold Blood."

NOTE: Nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Philip Seymour Hoffman won for Best Leading Actor.

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Casablanca
Written by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch
Based on the play "Everybody Comes To Rick's" by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison

Rick Blane (Humphrey Bogart) is an American expatriate who has tried to carve out a niche for himself in French run Casablanca, Morocco. Rick's bar "Cafe Americain" is an international cross roads for people trying to flee a war torn Europe. Rick's life is relatively placid until Czech resistance fighter Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) and his wife Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) arrive in Casablanca seeking "letters of transit", documents that will permit them to travel out of the Nazi controlled area.

SCRIPT NOTES: When production began, the script was only half completed. Near the end of production the script was literally being written the night before, and in the final days of filming, the dialogue for some scenes was written while shooting was actually in progress and then rushed to the set. Dialogue for the final seconds of the film was even added well after production had been completed. It is therefore accurate to say that no complete production script for Casablanca exists. The script that follows is therefore a synthesis of extant versions of the shooting script, the continuity script, and a close analysis of the finished film.

Casablanca won the Academy Award for Best Picture 1943.
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Casino
Written by Nicholas Pileggi

"No one stays at the top forever."

Sam Rothstein (Robert De Niro) is a Midwestern bookie with an uncanny knack for making money on every form of gambling known to man. As a reward for making local mob bosses lots of money, Ace is sent to Las Vegas to manage the Tangiers Casino. Las Vegas is a dream come true for Ace as he goes from low level bookie to respected business man. But things start to go bad when childhood buddy Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci) comes to town to cash in. Things go from bad to worse when Sam falls for hooker turned glamorous hustler Ginger McKenna (Sharon Stone).

SCRIPT NOTE: Note the extensive use of voice over in the screenplay.
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Charade
Written by Peter Stone
Based on a story by Peter Stone and Marc Behm

Often described as "the best Hitchcock movie Hitchcock never made," Charade stars Audrey Hepburn as Reggie Lampert, a young widow who finds herself pursued by a group of rough characters -- Tex Panthollow (James Coburn), Herman Scobie (George Kennedy) and Leopold Gideon (Ned Glass) -- who claim her late husband stole a fortune from them. Stranger Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) comes to her rescue although she's not sure she can trust him.
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Chasing Amy
Written by Kevin Smith

Holden McNeil (Ben Affleck) and Banky Edwards (Jason Lee) are authors of the best selling comic book series "Bluntman And Chronic." While attending a New York comic book convention, Holden meets fellow comic book author Alyssa Jones (Joey Lauren Adams). Holden falls hard for Alyssa but is crushed when she informs him she's a lesbian. Holden is then faced with the challenge of being only friends with a woman that he deeply loves.
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Chinatown
Written by Robert Towne

While investigating a run-of-the-mill adultry case, Private Investigator Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) uncovers murder and corruption on a grand scale in 1930's Los Angeles. Mrs. Evelyn Mulwray wants her cheating husband Hollis Mulwray (Darrell Zwerling), Chief Engineer of Los Angeles Water and Power, followed. When the information that Jake collects finds its way onto the front page of the Times, the "real" Evelyn Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) appears and threatens Jake with prosecution. And that's just the first few pages of this masterful screenplay by Robert Towne.

SCRIPT NOTE: Academy Award winner of best original screenplay 1974.
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The Cider House Rules
Written by John Irving
Based on the novel "The Cider House Rules" by John Irving

Teenage orphan Homer Wells (Tobey Maguire) has lived his entire life in the Maine orphanage of St. Cloud's. From an early age, Homer has been trained by St. Cloud's resident doctor Wilbur Larch (Michael Caine) in how to deliver babies and, to Homer's increasing dismay, how to abort them. It's their conflicting views on abortion that set them on different paths with Homer leaving the orphanage to find his own way in the world.

SCRIPT NOTE: Academy Award winner of best adapted screenplay 1999.
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The Cincinnati Kid
Written by Ring Lardner Jr. and Terry Southern
Based on a novel by Richard Jessup

Ambitious young gambler Eric Stoner, a.k.a. Cincinnati Kid (Steve McQueen), challenges the reining poker king, Lancey Howard (Edward G. Robinson), to a winner-takes-all marathon poker game.

SCRIPT NOTE: In this version of the screenplay Lancey Howard is known as Lancey Hodges.

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Citizen Kane
Written by Herman J. Mankiewicz and Orson Wells

Regarded by many as the greatest film of all time, "Citizen Kane" tells the story of Charles Foster Kane (Orson Wells) a man who seemingly had it all -- a magnate of the press and one of the most powerful men in the country. But when Kane utters the cryptic word "Rosebud" on his deathbed, a reporter begins the journey to find out just who Charles Foster Kane really was.

SCRIPT NOTE: Winner of best original screenplay 1941.
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Clerks
Written by Kevin Smith

"Just because they serve you doesn't mean they like you."

Written and directed by Kevin Smith on a budget of $27,575, "Clerks" chronicles a day in the life of convenience store clerk Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran). If you've ever had a job as a clerk, you will find this movie dead-on in its protrayal of dealing with the "public."

"I'm not even supposed to be here today."
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Code Of Silence
Written by Michael Butler, Dennis Shryack, Mike Gray and John Mason (uncredited)
Story by Michael Butler and Dennis Shryack

"One-man-army" vice cop, Eddie Cusack (Chuck Norris), gets caught in the middle of a mob war when a drug bust goes wrong.

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Cold Mountain
Written by Anthony Minghella

Wounded Civil War soldier W.P. Inman (Jude Law) begins a dangerous journey back to Cold Mountain, North Carolina to see Ada Monroe (Nicole Kidman), the girl he left behind.

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Confidence
Written by Doug Jung

Grifter Jake Vig (Edward Burns) and his gang find themselves indebted to mob boss Winston King (Dustin Hoffman) when they con a man who happens to be holding money for the mobster.

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The Cooler
Written by Frank Hannah and Wayne Kramer

Bernie Lootz (William H. Macy) is the unluckiest man in Las Vegas. His luck is so bad it's contagious. Bernie is hired by casino owner Shelly Kaplow (Alec Baldwin) to be a "cooler"; when a high roller starts to win big, Bernie gets close to them and they start to lose. But Bernie's luck starts to change when he meets cocktail waitress Natalie Belisario (Maria Bello).
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Crash (1996)
Written by David Cronenberg
Based on a novel by J.G. Ballard

James Ballard (James Spader) is injured in a head-on car accident which kills the other driver and severely injures the driver's wife, Dr. Helen Remington (Holly Hunter). After recovering, James encounters Helen at the police impound lot where the wrecked cars reside. James and Helen begin a steamy affair and find themselves becoming involved with a group of people who equate car crashes and eroticism.
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Croupier
Written by Paul Mayersberg

Aspiring writer, Jack Manfred (Clive Owen), takes a job as a croupier in a local casino until his writing career takes off. Down on her luck gambler, Jani de Villiers (Alex Kingston), seduces Jack and convinces him to help her rob the casino.

 

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The Crying Game
Written by Neil Jordan

Jody (Forest Whitaker) is a British army officer kidnaped by IRA terrorists. One of Jody's captors, Fergus (Stephen Rea) grants Jody's dying wish by traveling to visit his girlfriend, a London hairdresser named Dil. Fergus starts to fall for Dil but he can't bring himself to tell her his secret. Dil, though, has quite a secret of her own.

SCRIPT NOTE: Academy Award winner of best original screenplay 1992.
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